The Department of General Services (“Department” or “DGS”) is issuing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to engage individual artists and artistic teams (Artist) to respond to this Call to Artists with professional qualifications in addition to a proposal of site-specific artistic capital improvements for the renovation and additions to Bancroft Elementary School, located 1755 Newton Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20010 in Ward 1.
Budget: $250,000 total (8 locations)
Deadline: 12/31/2017 5:00 PM Central Time
Eligibility: Professional artists with a minimum of five years of site-specific and/or public art experience. Some categories are restricted to artists from Washington, D.C. or represented by a D.C. gallery. Artists should have demonstrated experience working with community representatives, youth, businesses and government entities. It is also important that if the artist(s) selected for the project actively engage and collaborate with local residents. Artists are allowed to apply in teams. Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
A) Staircase Walls – 2 Dimensional – $40,000
B) West Stair Mezzanine – Dimensional/Suspended – $45,000
C1&C2) DC Artist Only – Corridor Niche – 2 or 3 Dimensional – $15,000
D1&D2) 2nd Floor – South Stair Lobby – 2 or 3 Dimensional – $15,000
E1) DC Artist Only – South Lobby Walls – 2 Dimensional – $20,000
E2) DC Artist Only – Main Stair – 2 Dimensional – $30,000
E3) DC Artist Only – North Stair Walls – 2 Dimensional – $35,000
F) North Courtyard – Exterior- $50,000
The indicated budget must include ALL artists’ fees and costs associated with design. fabrication, travel, transportation of work to the site, insurance, permits, installation and documentation of the artwork. Artists shall develop new, original, permanent works of art made specifically for the site. Please be very specific (referring to Space letter) as which piece(s) of art you are responding to.
Application Form A PDF Form
The selection committee, representing diverse interests and expertise, will review images submitted by artists and recommend (3) three to (5) five Finalists for each project. Each Finalist will be awarded a $500 honorarium to create a site-specific design proposal that would include a scale model or rendering, an itemized budget, a project timeline, and a project narrative. An additional $500 is allocated for artists who’ve been selected as finalists and reside outside of Maryland, DC or Virginia for travel to present models. The selection committee will review the designs, references will be checked and then (1) one finalist/team for the project will be recommended.
Additional Resources: FULL RFQ (PDF)
Contact Information for Questions: SANDY.BELLAMY@DC.GOV
How to Submit
Submit the requested materials via email to SANDY.BELLAMY@DC.GOV You can use Google file sharing or Dropbox for large files.
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